Reader Prom and Book Drive 2019


Reader Prom 2019

Online ticket sales for Reader Prom have closed. Tickets will be available at the door, however, only online purchases will be entered into the Author/Illustrator raffle. (And we won't be able to guarantee we have enough bookish corsages for at the door purchases.)

Join Porter Square Books at the Davis Square VFW for our second annual Reader Prom and Book drive. All the proceeds will go to the Porter Square Books Foundation.

Dress up in your finest prom fashion and bring a copy of your favorite book as your date to donate to a local nonprofit.. (It’s the only prom where you’re supposed to dump your date right away!)

There will be free snacks and soft drinks, a cash bar, music, dancing, “after-prom” style games and activities, and, of course, “chaperones.” You’ll also be able to get a formal prom picture with your “date” from Long River Photography and a bookish corsage.

Our chaperones for the prom will be:

Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats, the first Thomas Lynch Novel, and My Summer of Southern Discomfort, which was chosen as one of Redbook's Top Ten Summer Reads and was a Book Sense monthly pick. Gayle has also published stories and narrative nonfiction pieces, including two Pushcart Prize nominees.

M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; the National Book Award–winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party and its sequel, The Kingdom on the Waves, both New York Times bestsellers and Michael L. Printz Honor Books; Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad; Landscape with Invisible Hand; and many other books for children and young adults. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

There will be three types of tickets for this event; Mass Market, Paperback, and Hardcover.

Mass Market: $35, which covers the cost of 3-5 books for kids. General admission.

Paperback: $55, which covers the cost of 5-8 books for kids. General admission, plus request a song, & 1 additional entry into the Author & Illustrator raffle. (10 Paperback Tickets Available)

Hardcover: $100, which covers the cost of 8-10 books for kids. General admission, plus request and dedicate a song, & 2 additional entries into the Author & Illustrator rafle (10 Hardcover Tickets Available) 

Since this is a prom we will have a “King” and “Queen” but because this is a Reader Prom (and we’re not that big on monarchy as a system of government or strict genders as a system of interpersonal relationships) we’ll have an “Author” and “Illustrator.” Our Reader Prom Author and Illustrator will be randomly selected from all of the attendees and will each receive a $50 gift card. (A celebratory Author and Illustrator dance is not expected but we certainly won’t stop you!)

The Porter Square Books Foundation is a 401(c)(3) non-profit foundation, with the mission of fostering a love of reading and of books, particularly among children and families in our local communities whose access to them may have been limited by economic or cultural factors. We have furthered this mission by arranging author appearances in schools in Cambridge and Somerville and using the foundation's funds to guarantee that every child who attended these events, regardless of ability to pay, was able to leave with a book.

Y2Y Harvard Square, a student-run overnight shelter, employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. Y2Y guests have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other youth experiencing homelessness, and student volunteers to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness and develop skills for long-term success. Y2Y provides opportunities for both guests and volunteers to become the next generation’s leading advocates for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.

Check back for more information about our sponsors.

Event date: 

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Event address: 

Dilboy VFW
Somerville, MA 02144